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Posted by Derren Brown News August 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Yes – we lost a competition. We dropped enough hints as to where it might be and eventually one of you found it for us here. Congratulations to Claire T who will receive a bunch of goodies.

A lot of you feel the need to email us a word or phrase in order to win. But in each case it is something you must DO (Then email us). Thanks for all those that sent in bizarre pics – to the poor guy who felt the need to paint his toenails black?! and to the several people who took to wearing skirts (skirts = tricks backwards). Well done but your not quite there.

Next competition will start on Monday and will require you to know some information about The Events so keep an eye out for info and see if you can find out what is going to happen on the shows.

August 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm
Joel says:

GAH I really tried my best πŸ˜› I started going through every blog post but then decided 69 pages was too much and gave up. WHY DID I GIVE UP πŸ™ I really have to win the next one now.

August 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm


Somebody in Gloucester has now got 2 bizzare answerphone messages from me. Both along the lines of “Is this anything to do with Derren Brown? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ring me back…”



But congratulations to Claire.


August 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm
SuZi says:

Well done, Claire. And thanks for finally letting us move on. My head is probably damadged forever from trying to work out that stuff on here πŸ˜‰

August 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Stephen says:


I spent the last few days going over these clues. Only earlier today were we meant to do something.

August 26, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Amie says:

Congrats Claire T!

It’s very easy for me to say now, but I had the exact same thought of there being something in the blog, I just haven’t had a lot of time to look!

Ah well, enjoy your goodies and all that πŸ˜€

August 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm
Ali says:

Haha. Wow, congrats Claire! Can’t wait for the next one to start.

August 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm
David G says:

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August 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm
Mr Woolf says:


Well done Claire πŸ™‚

My mind is on other things currently, so am unable to apply it to these…
But I admit… I wouldn’t have got there even if I had done.

Congrats 8^)

August 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm
wendyandemily says:

Well done claire!!!
So gutted we didnt work it out in time but there is always next time!
Enjoy your goodies! πŸ™‚

August 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm
MaGz says:

Grrr….I actually went through the Mr Coops category not long ago too! πŸ™
Well done to Claire for spotting it anyway!

πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ πŸ™ :@ (P.S. I actually love these emoticons….hehe)

August 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm
Colin says:

Congratulations, Claire!

Just so I can beat myself up about it later… were there any pointers to that particular post I missed?

August 27, 2009 at 12:26 am
help says:

Can anyone explain what the hints were and how they ended up there?!

August 27, 2009 at 12:29 am
Stephen says:

@Colin – FINDING, TINY, MISSING could all be clues. More recently today and yesterday ‘Tricks for COOPS’, the capitalised text saying ‘LOOK FOR HIDDEN ITEMs’ and ‘Emergencies inspire crowd COOPeration panic’. The last one – perhaps :p

August 27, 2009 at 12:34 am
Tash says:

well done claire. πŸ™‚

August 27, 2009 at 12:49 am
Julie says:

Thank feck for that!

Well done Claire T
*More Stewie style applause* πŸ˜€


August 27, 2009 at 12:51 am
Nicky. says:

*claps, well done Claire!
I’ve never felt so defeated in all my life! I was starting to think it would never end. Maybe i shouldn’t over-estimate what is actually entailed next time; start at the basics before bouncing off trying to decipher the Divinci codes haha
@TheZomeister Bahahahaha, just brilliant. Just what would one even begin to say if you recieved a call from some poor chap from Glouchester asking if you require some special help.

August 27, 2009 at 12:57 am
Colin says:

@Stephen – yeah, i’ve spotted the words in caps (also: TEA, LOST, MASSIVE), but wondered if there was any hint in an image or other text which pointed to the post on the 10/11/08 specifically…

August 27, 2009 at 1:18 am

@Nicky – The guy who painted his toenails black has NOTHING on my embarassment. What makes it worse is that I made the first phonecall at 3am! Not to mention me saying “er” after every sentence. I was completely unprepared.

I do find it interesting that Saturday morning’s bolg post did decode to an actual phone number though.


August 27, 2009 at 3:02 am
Jen and Si says:

if the next comp involves looking for TINY and MASSIVE HIDDEN ITEMS at the science museum then im gonna scream as im not NODNOL for another 2 weeks. and the science mueseum post def is a clue for those in the know……

August 27, 2009 at 5:19 am
whodat says:


August 27, 2009 at 6:50 am

Congratualtions, however DB will have the make the next one much easier for the rest of us!

August 27, 2009 at 8:33 am
80s Craig says:

Well done Claire!

I hope the prize isn’t to have some mind trickery performed on you by Derren. You would end up not knowing you’d won!

August 27, 2009 at 8:45 am
LairyT says:

Hey, thanks everyone for all the congrats, I never win anything so yay! (I know people always say that but honest it’s true).
I terms of clues, it’s like someone has already commented up there earlier, the capitals spelt ‘Look For Hidden Item’ and this week there have been 2 posts about Coops or with the word Coop in them so I decided to look there first. It took some trawling through the pages but I was obsessed with it so I persevered. The backwards text looked odd so it stood out (I am an editor, so I should be the one to spot it really).
Can’t wait for the next one, just for the fun of it. If I get any ideas I will try to help as much as I can now I’ve got my share of goodies. Good luck!

August 27, 2009 at 9:12 am
Jess P says:

welldone claire!

@ Nicky i think im going to try that too πŸ™‚ i did the same

Does anyone know anything about the events?
Ive worked out what hes saying on the advert and on the website and there has been loooaaads of speculation on the internet about what little things on the advert represent (like the opening credits for trick or treat) but its not very…reliable?


“DerrenÒ€ℒs been working on The Events for over a year, producing four highly complex shows of ‘misdirection’. Each event has an underlying theme, to trick, to win, to fool and, of course, to control.”

August 27, 2009 at 9:17 am
Jess P says:

theres a seperate website listing what each of derrens four events are. (im not sure if its true or not…)
has anyone else found it yet?

August 27, 2009 at 9:19 am
Sally says:

So basically, unless you were given a very helpful clue by philis, you just had to trawl through every single post on the blog to find it? Surely not?

_ our next clue was going to point you there if no one found it. However Claire actually decided to trawl through the entire blog post by post. Still chuckling about the phone calls πŸ™‚ – Phillis

August 27, 2009 at 9:19 am
Gewitternacht says:

sorry if I’m a bit dim, but I still don’t get it. How did Claire know to look at that particular post and when she did, how did she know it was the competition? And what did she actually do? I’m confused.

August 27, 2009 at 9:26 am
Gumbleflump says:

Hmm. Still don’t get it. Well done though Claire! I must be missing something. Must try harder, must try harder, must try harder.

August 27, 2009 at 9:27 am
Siobhan says:

Congrats Clare… phew, no I can stop obsessing and go back to real life!!

August 27, 2009 at 9:44 am
tiram says:

well done Claire!

August 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

Oh I think this is all too clever for me!

August 27, 2009 at 10:01 am
CC says:

Well done Claire! Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time, now I have more idea about what we’re looking for πŸ™‚

August 27, 2009 at 10:21 am
chris rotchell says:

next comp about the events eh,mmm. ‘The events’ has nine letters, ‘september’ has nine letters, it is the 9 th month,the year is ’09’ the date of the events is the 9th, (does it start at 9pm?)……sorry,picking at straws

August 27, 2009 at 10:26 am
Baxta76 says:

Just to get this clear…
This blog was made about 9 months ago, in November 2008, with the backwards text inserted at a later date as a “hidden competition”.
Recent blogs have contained clues as to the location of this “hidden competition”
Claire was the first one to spot this.
Congratulations Claire! WooooooooooooT!!!

– yes it’s been sitting there for 3 days – each day we release more info. Claire picked up on everything rather well. We have banned her and her entire family from the next comp. πŸ™‚

August 27, 2009 at 10:52 am
Hari says:

Speaking of The Events, I thought the first one was supposed to be on the 9th of September (09/09/09 and all that…) – but I just saw an advert that said it was on the 11th..? Is it not live, then?

August 27, 2009 at 10:52 am
LairyT says:

Baxta76 has summed it up totally.

And @ Sally – Yes, I really did decide to trawl through every post – I wanted to win that much and have nothing else better to do!

I started with the archives for August, saw that ‘Coop’ came up a few times. Mr Coops has his own blog catergory so I trawled through that scanning all the pics and text to see if I spotted anything. It took about 2 hours and then finally the backwards text stood out cause it looks funny compared to the rest of the post as reading it forwards it doesn’t make sense. When you read it back it says you have won and to email Phillis. So I did and huzzah, I won. The headache and eye strain paid off.

August 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm
JamieA says:

well done Claire! Cannot wait till the events! There’s tonnes of clues in the ads, you just have to open your eyes. looking forward to seeing what monday brings, on a mission to win next…

August 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Rob says:

it is on the 9/09/09 but parts have been pre-recorded as per the threads back in Feb when you could win tickets. The 11th I assume will be the sunday repeat.


August 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Debs says:

wow claire, thats dedication and determination summed up in a nutshell! well done! and thankyou. today is the first day ive not sat glued to the blog haha.

August 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations Claire!! I was really keeping tabs with this hidden comp, so was a little gutted I didn’t win. But am really pleased for you…well done!! You deserve it!

Perhaps next time another Claire might win….. πŸ˜‰

LC x

August 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm
Julie says:

I think going through every post deserves to win πŸ™‚ Congratulations again Claire T. Please will you let us know what goodies you get? Just being a noisy cow πŸ˜‰

Good luck everyone for the next one. Might be easier now we know it’s something we have to do.


August 28, 2009 at 1:46 am
Blahhhh says:

i found it!!!!!! just there now!!!!!!!!!!! how do i email you??? ahhhh!!!

August 28, 2009 at 1:52 am
Blahhhh says:

i found it when i wasn’t looking for it at all….then i came onto the blog to see if i cud do anything about it….do i get anything if i say now after someones said already? πŸ˜€ and how do i email this blog thingymagigy??

August 28, 2009 at 5:18 am
Blahhhh says:

oh wait…yup, nope i didn’t. completely the wrong thing. but i am now quite confused.

September 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Never realised that I missed that one. Better luck next time.